hile transgender people’s visibility in American politics and culture may be relatively new, we are far from new to the medical and scientific mainstream. Our identities, including those that are neither male nor female, are validated across the academic world, and transition-related health care is recognized throughout the medical mainstream as safe, effective and necessary.
Recently, however, a cast of reactionaries, fundamentalist zealots and conversion therapy hucksters rejected this consensus in the opposition to Aimee Stephens, a Michigan woman at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case. In 2013, Stephens was fired from her job at a funeral home after she came out as transgender and began presenting as a woman at work. In briefs submitted to the nine justices, activists and organizations on the fringes of American life are attempting to make a case about trans employment into a case about trans existence.